Sanctifying the House Child Burial in Prehistoric Anatolia

Yıldırım, Burcu
Hackley, Laurel D.
Steadman, Sharon R.
The intramural burial of small children is culturally widespread, seen from prehistory until modern times n many places around the world. The practice was especially common in the prehistoric eastern Mediterranean, with many examples found in in Egypt, the Levant, and Anatolia. Burial of individuals within the house suggests kinship connections with the dead, the connection of the physical home to the life of the family, and perhaps the belief that the presence of buried family members protected the living.


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Citation Formats
B. Yıldırım, L. D. Hackley, and S. R. Steadman, “Sanctifying the House Child Burial in Prehistoric Anatolia,” NEAR EASTERN ARCHAEOLOGY, pp. 164–173, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: